Check Your Health

Female Screenings

All Ages

Lifestyle
Don’t forget to check yourself for the right amount of physical activity each week (150 minutes), getting adequate sleep each day (7-9 hours), eating a healthy diet and not using tobacco.

Cholesterol
It is important your doctor checks cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. If you have diabetes, get your cholesterol checked every year. If results show your cholesterol is high, ask your doctor for ways you can get it under control.

Dental Checkup
It is important to have an oral examination every six months so that your dentist can check for tooth decay and gum disease as well as make appropriate recommendations to help assure good oral health.

Depression
If you've felt "down," sad, or hopeless, and have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things for 2 weeks straight, talk to your doctor about whether he or she can screen you for depression.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Talk to your doctor to see whether you should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.


If you are age 20 to 39 years, have your doctor check the following:

Blood Pressure
It is recommended that your blood pressure be checked every 3-5 years.

Breast Cancer
Between the ages of 20 and 39 years, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every 3 years.

Cervical Cancer
All women age 21 years to 29 years should have a Pap test every 3 years.  After age 30 years, women can have either a Pap test done every three years or a combination of both a Pap test and an HPV-DNA test every 5 years.

Skin Cancer
The American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer examination every year. It’s also important for you to be aware of changes in your skin, paying attention to moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks.

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If you are age 40 or over:

Eye Exam
After age 40, women should have regular eye exam, especially if you are at risk for glaucoma, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or retinal disorders.

Blood Pressure
Blood pressure should be screened yearly for those who have blood pressure greater than 13/80, are overweight (BMI = 25.0 or greater), or are African American. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Diabetes
A check for diabetes is recommended every 3 years beginning at 45 years of age for individuals at higher risk for diabetes.  Risk factors include a close family member with diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid test, being overweight, or if you are Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander.

Breast Cancer
Women aged 40 and older should have a screening mammogram and a breast exam by a health professional every year.

Cervical Cancer
Women ages 40 to 65 years should have either a Pap test done every three years or a combination of both a Pap test and an HPV-DNA test every 5 years.

Colorectal Cancer
Several scientific groups recommend regular screening for all adults aged 50 years or older.
The following three tests are recommended:
1. FOBT (fecal occult blood test) every year.
2. Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
3. Total colon examination by colonoscopy every 10 years.
Persons at higher risk should begin screening at a younger age and may need to be tested more often.

Skin Cancer
The American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer examination, every year. It’s also important for you to be aware of changes in your skin, paying attention to moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks.

Hepatitis C
Adults born during the years 1945 through 1965 should have a blood test once for Hepatitis C Virus.

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If you are 65 years or older:

Blood Pressure
Make sure that your doctor takes your blood pressure every 2 years. If your blood pressure is high, ask your doctor for ways to reduce it. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Cholesterol
It is important your doctor checks cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. If you have diabetes, get your cholesterol checked every year. If results show your cholesterol is high, ask your doctor for ways you can get it under control.

Dental Checkup
It is important to have an oral examination every six months so that your dentist can check for tooth decay and gum disease as well as make appropriate recommendations to help assure good oral health.

Eye Sight
Eye exams should be conducted every two years to check for glaucoma and other retinal disorders. See the doctor sooner if you experience any loss of sight.

Hearing
your hearing checked once every year or sooner if you experience any hearing loss.

Breast Cancer
Women aged 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram and a breast exam by a health professional every year.

Colorectal Cancer
Several scientific groups recommend regular screening for all adults aged 50 years or older.
The following three tests are recommended:
1. FOBT (fecal occult blood test) every year.
2. Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
3. Total colon examination by colonoscopy every 10 years.
Persons at higher risk should begin screening at a younger age and may need to be tested more often.

Cervical Cancer
Women 65 years of age or older who have had 3 or more normal Pap tests in a row, and no abnormal Pap tests in the last 10 years may stop having cervical cancer screening.

MyHealthCare - www.health.utah.gov/myhealthcare
American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute - www.cancer.gov

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